It's Time to End the Taboo
If 75% of women experience PMS, why are we not talking about it more freely? Align Women’s Wellness is here to provide women with the menstrual and hormone health resources they need. Our partnered professionals can help women maintain overall menstrual health and address common issues like heavy periods, painful periods, irregular periods, hormonal imbalances, PMS, PMDD, PCOS, endometriosis, infertility, mood swings, anxiety, depression, acne, and more.
Hormone Health Coaching
We can provide you with resources for better hormone health and more manageable menstrual cycles. There is success in both managing and eliminating unwanted symptoms through holistic approaches. Our partners can provide you with integrative nutrition plans, sustainable lifestyle programs, and changes you can make to create a body and life that supports healthy hormones, allowing you to experience life with confidence, understanding, and trust in your body.
Endometriosis is a painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus, most commonly on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or tissue lining the pelvis. This tissue acts the same outside of the uterus, so it thickens, breaks down and bleeds during the menstrual cycle causing a great deal of pain. It can create cysts, scar tissue, adhesions and even pelvic tissues and organs to stick together.
Endometriosis affects somewhere between 2-10% of American women between the ages of 25 and 40 and is a common contributor in women who experience infertility or trouble getting pregnant. The symptoms often include painful menstrual cramps, heavy menstrual flow, pain during intercourse, fatigue, food sensitivities, and emotional ups and downs. Although this disease takes 10 years to diagnose, and is currently being ignored by most healthcare providers, we can connect you with practitioners that specialize in diagnosing, treating and lifestyle management of endometriosis so that you can live a happier life!
While PMS symptoms are common, affecting about 75% of all women with normal menstrual cycles, a smaller percentage of around 3-8% of women regularly experience PMDD.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder is a severe and often debilitating disorder related to normal premenstrual syndrome. While both PMDD and PMS have physical and emotional symptoms, PMDD can manifest in extreme mood shifts that are disruptive to your daily life and can even contribute to damaging close relationships.
Typically, PMDD symptoms being a week to 10 days before your period starts and can continue for the first several days of your period. Like PMS, PMDD can also include feelings of being bloated, tenderness in the breasts, body aches, fatigue, and disruptions to your sleeping and eating habits. PMDD, however, also includes one or more of the following emotional and behavioral symptoms:
Feelings of sadness or hopelessness
Tension and anxiety
Significant irritability and/or anger
How Is PMDD Treated?
Unfortunately, the cause of PMDD has not clearly been identified. It is commonly tied to underlying depression or anxiety that occurs with PMS, so it’s likely that it is associated with hormonal imbalances that could worsen mood disorders. There seems to be a sensitivity to the fluctuation in hormones, therefore, the decreasing levels of estrogen and progesterone after ovulation and before menstruation trigger symptoms. This condition is also associated with some sort of trauma or unhealed childhood wounds. Often times, it is the sensitive, creative, healers of the world that feel deeply and that are affected.
We can connect you with resources and wellness professionals that are able to prevent or minimize the symptoms of PMDD with the help of the following:
Diet and lifestyle changes
Menstraul/Hormone Resources are available
Living with hormonal up and downs is awful — but you are not alone in your struggle. We can connect you with a variety of Hormone Health Coaches that are working towards normalizing menstrual/hormone support.